Who Gives A Crap, the toilet paper company making a huge impact.
Believe it or not, not everyone has access to a toilet. There are more people in the world with mobile phones than people who have access to toilets. But, there’s hope- Who Gives A Crap, a profit-for-purpose eco-friendly company founded by a group of friends after they learned 2.5 billion people in the world don’t have access to toilets (it’s 2.3 billion now – cheers to progress!). This team of activists created toilet paper, paper towels and tissue without using trees and plastic. Instead, their products are made up of 100% recycled paper and bamboo.
Can you imagine wiping your bum with bamboo paper instead of tree-made toilet paper that has been bleached, dyed and made with other harsh chemicals? Here are the deets on how it works. The shipping is free and the toilet paper comes in a big brown box with Who Gives A Crap written on the side. Vibrant colors and patterns are used on the individually wrapped toilet paper. You can tell a lot of thought was put into creating the packaging and they nailed it (it’s cute as part of your bathroom decor!)
I’m always excited to try new eco-friendly brands but can honestly say that sometimes I’m disappointed. Sometimes the recycled paper is just too rough for my liking. But not this recycled roll. It was actually soft and gentle. The roll seemed to last unusually long, probably because there are 400 sheets. Now that’s getting your money’s worth- 25 cents per 100 sheets, you can’t beat that! My love for this toilet paper grew even more once I learned about the social and environmental impact Who Gives A Crap is having.
Bonnie Wright (you may recognize her from Harry Potter) moderated the panel with Simon Griffiths (A Who Gives a Crap founder), Jessica Aldrige (founder of Adventures in Waste) and Melissa Aguayo (The 5Gyres Institute)
Some important tips were learned from these experienced panelists:
Don't flush anything down the toilet other than your waste & toilet paper.
Don't flush wipes, tampons, condoms & contacts.
Make small changes over time
Reduce plastic usage especially plastic cups & bottles.
Add a filter to your washing machine - washing machines are a huge problem and a big source of plastic fibers entering our ocean (through materials such as polyester)
The best drinking water is from the tap, filtered with a strong system such as @berkey_filters
Get yourself sustainable alternatives (Like Who Gives A Crap)
They donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets in developing countries –2.5m Australian dollars to their charity partners WaterAid, Sanergy, Lwala Community Alliance and Shining Hope For Communities so far!Companies like this are a breath of fresh air because they do good (environmentally and socially) while providing something necessary for everyone. Perhaps we all should give a crap and start at home by switching out the loo rolls for this ethical choice. Start small and order your supply of Who Gives A Crap eco-friendly rolls today.